Highlights of Costa Rica - A six-day introduction to a blissful land
Our journey starts at Poás Volcano with its famous geyser crater and ends in Tortuguero; land of turtles and mangrove swamps.
Gas eruptions, ash trails, hot springs, promising paths surrounded by lavishing vegetation are all part of a wonderful six-day-stay.
In six days you will be able not only to enjoy a peaceful life in our Tropical Rain Forest but to get closely in touch with Mother Nature by planting a Mountain Almond Tree in Sarapiquí – the principal nesting and feeding tree of the famous great green macaw. Moreover, if you watch carefully, you may either be able to spot many of the different colourful birds and butterflies, or just run into a wandering sloth, a monkey, or a coati.
Fancy a chocolate bar? This well-deserved six-day-break takes you to a fabulous Chocolate Tour. You will have the lucky chance to taste chocolate in many different ways and become a true connoisseur of the legendary cocoa tree’s noble fruit.
Experienced tour guides will lead you through this wonderful expedition in your native language; and should you come in the right season, you will be able to witness one of nature’s most beautiful ceremonies: the spawning of the Green Sea Turtle.
You will experience all this and more!! Costa Rica’s highlights are just waiting for you.
Day 1: San José – Poás Volcano – La Fortuna – Arenal Volcano
You will be picked you up at your city hotel and drive straight to Poás Volcano, where you will have the opportunity to see its 1.3 km wide crater. This is one of the largest craters in the world and it is even possible to eyewitness steam and gas eruptions from a safe distance. You can then go for a walk in the footpaths surrounded by exuberant vegetation and stop by a side crater. Afterwards, you return to the bus and head off across the central mountain ranges driving northwards through coffee plantations. You will be reaching the Caribbean lowlands and the village of La Fortuna in the afternoon. Later today, you will benefit from a thermal bath and enjoy the abundant plant life.
Included fees/tours: Entrance fee to Poas National Park, entrance fee to thermal springs
Included meals today: Dinner
Day 2: La Fortuna – Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí
Today you will enjoy a lot of different activities. You’ll start with a short drive to Arenal Volcano National Park. There you will stroll along the park during a healthy and pleasant 1 ½ hour walk. You’ll start at an ash trail, and shortly you’ll be stepping on an old lava flow surrounded by a sober rocky path. Until a few years ago, there were frequent small eruptions, but even without them, the volcano is truly impressive. You will also get to enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Arenal and its surrounding gentle hills. You’ll then continue your journey by way of Muelle and Aguas Zarcas until reaching an organic coffee plantation close to San Miguel: Here you will learn about the process of coffee production and taste this world famous drink during the tour "Mi Cafecito". The plantation is located about 750 metres above sea level in a very pleasant climate. After the tour, you will continue to your hotel in Sarapiquí where you have the opportunity to plant your own tree.
Included fees/tours: Entrance fee to Arenal National Park, coffee tour, plant a tree
Included meals today: Breakfas
Day 3: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí
Today you will visit the Gómez family at their Finca Surá in Chilamate de Sarapiquí. After enjoying a fresh fruit drink, Don Rodolfo will pridely guide you to his citrus and manioc plants, the sugarcane and the pineapple plantations. Many other kinds of plants, producing fruits in different seasons of the year, are growing here, you can even get to know the pepper and cinnamon shrubs. Everything is cultivated in the most natural way possible in order to protect the animals living inside the property, such as colorful butterflies and frogs; a family philosophy, which the owner, don Rodolfo himself will explain to you... You will also put on hands and plant some pineapple seedlings yourselves before enjoying a typical lunch.
In the afternoon, you´ll continue the journey to Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve, where you’ll first enjoy a short walk through a forest of opulent vegetation. With a bit of luck, expect to catch a glimpse of the lively monkeys, sloths, coatis and of the numerous species of birds. After that, you are to learn everything about chocolate. The cacao tree is native to the deeps forests of South and Central America. A local guide will fully explain the process by which the cacao bean becomes delicious chocolate - and of course, you will get to taste it.
Due to unexpected changes in weather conditions or any other operational reason the order of today´s excursions might change.
Included fees/tours: Finca Surá, Tirimbina Reserve, Chocolate Tour
Included meals today: Breakfast, lunch
Day 4: Sarapiquí – Guápiles – Tortuguero
Before breakfast, you´ll continue your journey via Horquetas to Guápiles, where you’ll reach the main road which connects San José and Limón. Here, you will enjoy a typical Costa Rican breakfast. You’ll then continue to La Pavona or Caño Blanco, both important banana producing areas, where you be able to see huge plantations. Your guide will explain you the advantages and disadvantages of this yellow fruit. You will then continue by boat and cruise on rivers and canals along the beautiful natural aisles on your way to Tortuguero. Check-in at the comfortable lodge and late lunch. In the afternoon, an excursion to the small village of Tortuguero is scheduled, where you may visit the turtle museum at a fee of US$ 2 (not included in the package). These endangered animals are now protected by the locals who currently make their living thanks to tourism revenues. After dinner and only from July to September, you’ll have the possibility to book an optional night tour to the beach of Tortuguero, where the endangered Green Sea Turtles lay their eggs in the sand. Costs for direct bookings: approx. US$ 30 per person.
Included fees/tours: Excursion to the village of Tortuguero
Included meals today: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
INFORMATION: Other participants, who have their own tour guide, will be joining you for the Tortuguero Tour on days 4, 5 and 6. Even on a private operation basis, the Tortuguero part of this trip will be only provided on seat-in basis. This can’t be changed.
Day 5: Tortuguero National Park
Early in the morning, you go on an exciting boat trip through the canals of the Tortuguero National Park, where you can watch the awakening of the local fauna and listen to the sounds of nature. If you are lucky, you will be able to see crocodiles, monkeys, turtles, sloths, bats, iguanas and, of course, many different kinds of birds. You will then enjoy breakfast at the lodge before taking a relaxing walk along the lodge’s trails during which you will discover frogs, butterflies and many other species of insects in their natural habitat together with your guide. Lunch is served at the lodge. After a short break, you are invited to take part in another boat tour on the canals. The rest of the afternoon until dinner is at your leisure.
Included fees/tours: Entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park
Included meals today: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 6: Tortuguero - San José
Right after breakfast, you´ll start your journey back to San José. Again, you will have the possibility to take pleasure in the flora and fauna on the boat trip back to La Pavona/Caño Blanco. Continuation by bus to Guápiles, where lunch is served, and then onward and upward to San José. The estimated time of arrival is 5:00 pm.
INFORMATION: Even on a private operation basis, the transfer to San José is on seat-in basis. This can’t be changed.
Included fees/tours: None
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch